Many programmers are resistant to learning SQL, which is unfortunate! Learning this simple language can help you in so, so many ways, including:
I started my career as the "go-to" data person at a large environmental company. I kind of fell backwards into it, working with Microsoft Access and then SQL Server. I learned database theory on the fly and mastered SQL quickly - a language that I still use routinely.
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